Vienna is famous for its music, art and architecture as well as for its rich diversity of museums. The stages of the State Opera House (Staatsoper), Volksoper and Theater an der Wien offer world-class operatic performances. The Museum Quarter (MQ) is one of the ten largest museum complexes in the world. In addition to these and many other highlights, the city offers a diverse and broad range of cultural activities for all tastes and interests every day.
Vienna’s imperial past is present and perceivable everywhere in the city, but especially in the city centre of course. Art Nouveau and modern architecture are also prominently represented. Vienna’s coffeehouse culture is also world-famous.
And indeed, it is this broad cultural offering that is increasingly attracting the LGBTIQ community from around the world.
Incidentally, many of the great personalities from the fields of art and culture who have shaped the city over the centuries may have kept their homosexuality “in the closet” because of the times they were living in. Today, this is a thing of the past and has definitely changed; many “ordinary” lesbian and gay couples no longer need to hide; they can stroll self-confidently hand in hand through Vienna’s streets.
Although Vienna does not have a predominantly gay/lesbian neighbourhood, there is a vibrant and diverse LGBTIQ scene centred around the Naschmarkt, which connects the fourth and sixth districts. As part of a local tour, you can walk to the 20 relevant restaurants on foot, including popular restaurants such as the Sixta, the self-governing community get-together Gugg of the HOSI Vienna, and several bars and cafes such as Savoy, Mango, Felixx, the Kisss Bar or Village, just to name a few. In addition, there are many venues and places in Vienna that do not belong to the LGBTIQ scene, but which also welcome our community.
In the last 20 years, numerous annual major LGTBIQ events have been established in Vienna. These include the Wiener Regenbogenball and the Rosenball, among the more than 400 balls that take place during the carnival season in Vienna. The queer film festival “identities” takes place every two years, and the International Queer Minorities Film Festival “Transition” every year. With “Wien in Schwarz”, the fetish scene gets together every year, and Vienna Pride with its Pride Village and Rainbow Parade is, of course, the absolute highlight of the LGBTIQ annual calendar.
The Vienna Tourist Board has put together all essential information about the city in various languages on its website
WienTourismus also expressly welcomes all LGBTIQ visitors to the city and has compiled extensive information on Vienna for them as well. These can be found under the following link (there you can also download the official gay/lesbian city guide for Vienna as a PDF file):